How do dental services change as I get older?
For children, regular dental care is essential to helping them build a solid foundation for lifelong oral health. We offer a comprehensive range of dental services for children at Mount Pearl Dental.
A child will ideally come in for their first visit at six months of age and continue with dental appointments as they mature into their school-aged years. We work with them to maintain a healthy smile by providing regular cleanings and exams. We'll also review proper preventive hygiene techniques during each appointment to ensure their teeth are being properly cared for at home.
Restorative dental services or customized treatment plans may be recommended for children with a higher-than-average risk of tooth decay, or for those that have special needs or circumstances.
Teens will need their dental care to evolve as they develop and become more independent. Preventive dental care will continue as they come in for appointments every 9 months or so.
Because many teens are concerned about their appearance at this age and having a healthy, white smile, we can educate them about the link between dental hygiene practices and their smile's appearance.
If orthodontic care is required, teens will be referred to an orthodontist for assessment and potentially need treatment with clear aligners, braces, a retainer or other dental appliances.
By the time they hit adulthood, many people will develop early stage gum disease, potentially leading to painfully swollen gums and other oral health problems. Preventive care should be top of mind for adults. Remember to maintain your at-home care routine and visit your dentist regularly for hygiene cleanings.
Wisdom teeth also tend to become an issue in early adulthood. Sometimes, your dentist will recommend specialized care, appliances, oral surgery or other treatments for specific issues such as TMJ Disorder or sleep apnea.
If restorative services such as bridges, fillings or crowns are needed, we are happy to offer these and address any questions or concerns you may have.
As you age, your mouth and teeth will naturally change, and you may also have new needs in terms of medications. This can increase your risk for developing dental health problems, including:
- Dry mouth (caused by medications)
- Need for tooth replacements or dentures
- Tooth decay or cavities
- Oral cancer
- Gum disease or periodontitis
You may notice your teeth are getting less sensitive to things like pain from cavities or hot or cold temperatures. This is because the nerves in your teeth can shrink as you get older. Conversely, if gum tissue recedes this could cause your teeth to become more sensitive as root tissue is left exposed.
Buildup of plaque and wear on your tooth enamel can also leave you susceptible to other problems. A dentist can examine your smile and help address these by recommending appropriate treatments such as dental implants, restorative services, a gum graft, gum therapy or oral surgery.